The Three-Sixty Dream

30 09 2007

Check out the newest gameplay video for Assassin’s Creed. I will own and play this game….somehow.

Sorry for the lack of interesting posting recently. I haven’t read about much interesting stuff going on, aside from the release of Halo 3, which the mainstream media has covered. It seems like just about everyone I know has at least tried the new Halo, and after talking with my buddies tonight and watching some game trailers, I think the sleeping gamer in me is awake again – and he’s hungry. Some day I’ll have a 360….you know, in about 20 years, when people are talking about Halo3 like they talk about Space Invaders today.

The other reason I’ve been relatively quiet on here is because, for the last couple days, I’ve been suffering from an intolerable cold that I was bound to catch with everyone around me being sick. So far my free time this weekend has consisted of sleeping, napping, catching some Z’s, and snoozing. Being sick takes the vigor right out of me, which is why I’m unable to attend either of the two things I was invited to tonight. One of those things is “Nuit Blanche” in Toronto – some kind of tour which takes groups around to different venues to look at modern art. The venues are everything from regular galleries, to alley ways, to Squash courts. Tomorrow sometime I’ll probably use Technorati to search the blogosphere for any info about what I’m missing.


Pop Star Video Spoof

26 09 2007

Stumbled across this great video today and thought I’d share.

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Snape Kills Master Chief!

25 09 2007

Halo 3 comes out today. I know of a few people who will be skipping classes to stand in lines waiting to buy it.

The cover story in the September issue of Wired magazine is a fascinating article. It describes the intricate scientific process Bungie employed when designing and fine-tuning the newest edition to the most popular series in next-gen gaming. Unfortunately it was only available online for a limited time, but it’s worth a read if you can get your hands on it. Fascinating stuff. The reviews so far are singing Halo 3’s praises. Hopefully one day I’ll have enough savings to find out for myself, and the weather man will be saying, “Pack your parka if you’re heading south to Hell today because it’s freezing over.”

Go go global warming.

Shooting the Messenger

24 09 2007

Yesterday I clued into some very old news that I’ve been waiting to hear for years. If you’re completely out of the loop like I apparently am, then this could be the best piece of news you’ve heard since they announced the next Zelda game for the Wii. When are they going to release that, anyway? Sheesh.

I think it was a few years ago that I first thought to myself, “Y’know, some computer genius could make a killing off a program that could integrate contacts from all the main chat clients. Then there would never be the need for multiple accounts and running multiple programs to be in touch with all your people at once. When I grow up, I’m going to get a patent on that idea and hire a computer wiz to design it for me – and then I’ll retire.”

Well, a bunch of people beat me to it – probably before I’d even had that lovely inner monologue in its most primitive form. What’s comforting is that those people probably aren’t sipping pina coladas in Aruba just yet. Why? Because the applications in question are freeware. What could be more awesome? Last night I stumbled across Adium, immediately closed Messenger and removed it from my Dock, and haven’t looked back. Before I talk about Adium, which is only compatible with OS X, there are three Windows-friendly apps that do the same thing: Trillian, Pidgin and Meebo. I’d be lying if I said I’d done more than a tiny amount of research on these programs, but I believe the general consensus is that Trillian is the most popular, while Pidgin is probably the most reputable. I was planning to say that I highly recommend giving one of these programs a try, but after I thought about it, I realized that there isn’t nearly as much benefit for the average Canadian Windows user as there is for me. Unless you’re sick and tired of Messenger like I was, or it’s giving you problems that can’t seem to be remedied, it probably makes more sense to stick with Messenger for now.

The reason I’m so happy about switching to Adium basically revolves around Mac-Messenger being terrible. It only provides the most essential features, and also sports a bland, Safari-like interface that resembles the inside of a tin can. And I can’t neglect to mention the biggest problem, which was that you would not receive any kind of alerts while being set to “Busy”. Countless times I left people hanging because I forgot I was talking to them, or didn’t realize they were there at all.

Anyway, hopefully my friends have been subjected to that kind of treatment for the last time. Adium always lets you know when somebody’s talking, but not with the blaring ba-dunk-a-dunka of Messenger that I still hear sounding off someplace in the room at least once during every lecture. Adium’s default setting is to display names of people messaging you right on the Dock icon, as well as how many unread messages are waiting for you. It also features tabbed conversations, which I understand is an option on newer Windows Messenger versions, but of course, coming from Mac Messenger this is all new to me. Another key feature of Adium is the massive amount of customization it allows. You can change just about everything about how the program works, as well as all the cosmetic qualities.

The only major hitch I’ve had with Adium so far, aside from the fact that it sounds like a medication drug, is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to invite more contacts to an existing conversation, although you can take part in multi-person conversations if you’re invited. I tried to register on the official forums to ask about this but apparently their servers are temporarily down.

By the way, I read about Adium while perusing an old post on Paul S’s blog, entitled “10 Apps Every New Mac User Should Download“. Although it was published nearly 2 years ago it’s still an excellent resource. Some of the other programs listed there like CyberDuck, Text Wrangler and VLC Player are still in wide usage. A definite bookmark for current or future Mac owners. (Looking at you Kat.)

In other interesting news, I got my little entertainment unit all set up today. The table I bought at IKEA was weirdly difficult to assemble, at least until I got a better screwdriver. I also went for a 20 minute run tonight. Hooray for healthy lifestyle and such.

Titles are for Sissies

23 09 2007

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Me as a South Park character. Newest meme out there, I know.

After a long day in crew call, I hopped on a bus to Hamilton last night so that I could spend today buying things for my place. The big one being a table to put my TV on. I’ll be keeping busy this week using GarageBand to put together some audio files for the production, on top of all the regular school readings/writings. By the way, the play we’re putting on is actually 2 one-acts that go together, collectively called The Indian Medicine Shows. I’ll post up dates of shows and such very soon.

EDIT: Got bored while waiting for the car, so…
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Sorry guys.

Hero Journalist of the Day

20 09 2007

Actually, no name is given with the source article from the Montgomery Advertiser. But this nameless hero journalist is deserving of such a moniker for his or her wisdom on the subject of the effects of violence in video games on people – a topic close to my heart. One of the most uplifting stories I’ve seen on GamePolitics in a while, Dennis quotes the important parts and tells you what you need to know. I’m going to post the same excerpt, for emphasis, love and justice, and all that’s true and good in the world. Hooray!

The notion that the courts should take into account whether someone was exposed to violent video games as a reason for that person murdering someone has no real place in the criminal judicial process…

If courts started routinely to allow exposure to fictional violence in such things as video games and movies as a way to avoid or minimize punishment for violent acts, it could have a huge, negative effect on the nation’s entire criminal process. Every violent criminal has been exposed to fictional violence in some form…

Millions of people, young and old, choose to watch violent movies and play violent video games and never harm anyone because of it.

Parents should monitor what their children watch… Consumer groups should campaign to minimize violent content… But those arguments belong in the court of public opinion, not in a criminal courtroom where a murder trial is being conducted.


20 09 2007

Got it, finally.

Stay off the sidewalks and such.